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Stéphanie Beauchamp and Marc-Olivier Brouillette, New Partners With RSS

January 19, 2022 — Robinson Sheppard Shapiro is pleased to announce that Stéphanie Beauchamp and Marc-Olivier Brouillette, both from our Insurance Law Practice Group, have become partners with the firm.

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NYC Job Postings Must Include Salary Ranges Effective May 15, 2022

NYC employers will soon be required to include a minimum and maximum salary on all job postings for positions performed within the City. As we previously reported, the City Council passed Int. 1208-B (Law) on December 15, 2021, and due to new NYC mayor Eric Adam’s inaction within the 30-day veto period, it became a law as of January 15, 2022. Beginning May 15, 2022, the Law requires employers with four or more employees to include a “good faith” minimum and maximum salary range on for all advertised NYC job, promotion and transfer opportunities. Additionally, the Law makes the failure to include salary range an unlawful discriminatory practice under the City’s Human Rights Law.

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Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather Sued Over Cryptocurrency Promotions

Kim Kardashian and Floyd Mayweather were sued in a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California on January 7, 2022 over their promotion of the cryptocurrency token EthereumMax (EMAX). The celebrities were named as co-defendants with the creators of the cryptocurrency, and are alleged to have helped bilk millions from investors.

What is EMAX?EMAX was launched in May 2021. Soon thereafter, the creators of the token announced that they were partnering with Floyd Mayweather, including by acting as the exclusive cryptocurrency of a boxing match between Mayweather and Logan Paul and providing free items like Mayweather-signed boxing gloves in exchange for purchases of EMAX. According to class allegations, the trading volume for EMAX exploded after the press release, increasing ten-fold in the course of two days. Read more…

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MODIFICATIONS TO CANADA’S SPECIAL ACCESS PROGRAM: IMPLICATIONS ON MEDICAL ACCESS TO AMPHETAMINES, PSILOCYBIN, LSD AND MORE

Overview:

On January 5, 2022 the Canadian Government amended the Food and Drug Regulations to allow healthcare practitioners to apply, on a case-by-case basis, to the Minister of Health (the “Minister“) for special access to a certain class of “restricted drugs” including amphetamines, psilocybin and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Further, the January 5, 2022 amendments simplify the framework of regulation over all forms of cocaine in Canada, thereby reducing complexity for stakeholders applying to conduct activities with cocaine (e.g. research).

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Small Change in Colorado Law Could Have Large Effect: Criminalizing Restrictive Covenants

Colorado statutory law has traditionally limited enforcement of restrictive covenants.  C.R.S. § 8-2-113, entitled “Unlawful to intimidate worker – agreement not to compete,” provides that all contractual restrictions on a person’s post-employment competitive activity are “void” unless they fit into one of four categories: (1) contracts for the purchase and sale of a business or the assets of a business; (2) contracts for the protection of trade secrets; (3) contracts providing for recovery of expenses of educating and training an employee who have served an employer less than two years; and (4) agreements with executives, management personnel, and their professional staff.  This statute applies not only to non-compete agreements, but also to agreements not to solicit customers or employees.  Most companies trying to defend their restrictive covenants do so under the exception to protect trade secrets or the exception for executives/managers/professional staff.

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2022 Update: Preparing for Non-Compete Litigation

Thomson Reuters Practical Law has released the 2022 update to “Preparing for Non-Compete Litigation,” co-authored by our colleague Peter A. Steinmeyer.

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Roxanne Cloutier-Peace, New Associate With Our Labour and Employment Law Group

January 12, 2022 — RSS’s Labour and Employment Law Group has one more recruit within its ranks. Roxanne Cloutier-Peace, who is called to the Bar on this very day, continues with a practice with which she got acquainted after having worked as a student, and then articling with us.

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TRADE ENFORCEMENT DIGEST SERIES January 2022

What’s the REAL cost of doing business internationally? Maybe higher than you think … If you are not prepared. Civil and criminal penalties levied against U.S. companies for trade violations are just the beginning of the potential unforeseen costs of doing business in the global marketplace. What cannot be quantified are the countless additional  impacts to revenue streams, both present and future, that are created by the imposition of U.S. regulatory agency enforcement actions for violations of economic and export-related sanctions and anti-corruption compliance. Read more…

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Video: SCOTUS Considers Federal Vaccine Mandates, CDC Shortens Quarantine Periods, Definition of “Fully Vaccinated” – Employment Law This Week

As featured in #WorkforceWednesday:  This week, we look at the latest federal rules and guidance on vaccination policies, quarantine periods, and masking.

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2022 Update: Trade Secrets Litigation

Thomson Reuters Practical Law has released the 2022 update to “Trade Secrets Litigation,” co-authored by our colleague Peter A. Steinmeyer.

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